The task from K-12 is building a thirst for knowledge, pleasure in speaking up, and curiosity, curiosity, curiosity—persistently pursued. We need habits of the mind that carry over to the many hours we are not in school and the years and years that follow. –Deborah Meier
It has been awhile. Google Code In pretty much consumed me from mid-November to mid-January. From there I was spirited away to Sydney, where I am working with Paul Cotton on a new Sugar activity that the OLPC AU deployment plans to use for introducing Sugar to classroom teachers. And more recently, I just finished up the Sugar Labs application to Google Summer of Code 2014.
Ignacio and Gonzalo have assembled a page in the wiki to summarize the various contributions by the GCI participants [http://wikisugarlabs.org/go/Google_Code_In_2013/Final_Work].
2. I am please to announce that José Miguel García has joined the Sugar Labs oversight board (AKA SLOB). José Miguel brings his years of experience in pedagogical research and practice to our discussions and he brings additional perspective from the South, where we have so many Sugar learners. SLOB members have been meeting regularly on the first Monday of each month at 9AM EST (14 UTC). Meeting notes can be found in the wiki [http://wikisugarlabs.org/go/Oversight_Board/Minutes#Meetings].
3. I submitted an application on behalf of Sugar Labs to [http://wikisugarlabs.org/go/Summer_of_Code/2014|GSoC 2014]. I’ve also begun assembling a page of project ideas. Please feel free to contribute additional idea. We are soliciting additional mentors, but please note that we are vetting our mentors quite rigorously this year to ensure that their commitment to the students is adequate to ensure a successful outcome. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
4. Manuel Quiñones and Gonzalo are organizing a [https://gist.github.com/manuq/fbc0126fbacd4c3e313e design contest] for Sugar background images. More details to be announced soon.
In the community
5. [http://fr.amiando.com/sugarcamp3.html Sugar Camp #3 – Paris], hosted by Bastien Guerry, will be held from 12-13 April in Carrefour Numérique – Cité des Sciences.
6. Lionel Laské has been making great strides on [http://sugarizer.org/ “Sugarizer”], a version of Sugar that runs in a web browser.
7. Lots of cool new features in the [http://activities.sugarlabs.org/en-US/sugar/addon/4193 Physics activity] (including collaboration) and [http://activities.sugarlabs.org/en-US/sugar/addon/4041 Pippy].
8. Feedback regarding the beta version of the aforementioned [https://github.com/walterbender/training “teacher training” activity] would be greatly appreciated.
9. I am on a mission to make as much of Sugar as possible available to “user space”. Part of that effort was realized by making Sugar extensions available from ~/.sugar/default/extensions. More recently, I have been working on a new web service (with help from Martin Abente) that exposes many basic [https://github.com/walterbender/sugarservices Sugar services] to user space, e.g. sugar shell and journal. Again, feedback most welcome.
10. Please visit our [http://planet.sugarlabs.org planet].